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Constructing the Bazaar

“The open-source development model can can be powerful and
incredibly beneficial for any software development project. Yet,
even most open-source projects do not follow this style of
development. Today, I want to talk a bit about why this is the
case, and what can be done to set your project on the right path to
enjoy the advantages of the open-source development process.

“In 1997, Eric S. Raymond wrote his seminal essay The Cathedral
and the Bazaar. He discussed his observations of the Linux kernel
development processes, contrasting it with the traditional approach
of software design. He likened the teeming and seemingly arbitrary
community effort of Linux to a bazaar and the deliberate and
traditional top-down approach to the construction of a
cathedral…”

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